Nick Young scores 41 as Lakers beat Jazz

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Nick Young came off the bench and put up 41 points to help the Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Utah Jazz, 119-104. The Lakers had an impressive game shooting the ball from the field in this one, going 45-82 (54.9%). Los Angeles (26-55) has won just two of its last 10 games.

Young went 14-23 (6-11 from three-point range) and 7-9 from the free throw line, in a good performance. Other top contributors for Los Angeles included Jordan Hill with 21 points and six rebounds, Wesley Johnson with 12 points and six rebounds, and Robert Sacre with 12 points and nine rebounds. Despite the loss, Alec Burks scored 22 points for Utah on 8-10 shooting from the field and 4-5 from the free throw line. Enes Kanter chipped in 19 points and 12 rebounds and Trey Burke finished with 17 points and seven assists.

Along with their eFG% of 61.0%, the Lakers connected at a rate of 41.7% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 8-6 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Jazz are 1-17 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.

Utah (24-57) has now lost five consecutive games.

Coming up, the Lakers battle the San Antonio Spurs, who are 62-19 on the season. The Jazz go up against the Minnesota Timberwolves, currently sitting at 40-41 this year. The Lakers lost their last three meetings with San Antonio. The Jazz have lost their last three meetings with Minnesota.

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